Sphinx musicians attend White House forum

Sphinx musicians from the Sphinx Preparatory Music Institute at Wayne State University, Sphinx Competition Alumni and Sphinx Performance Academy will attend the White House's Classical Music forum on Wednesday.

First lady Michelle Obama will welcome Grammy Award-winning violinist Joshua Bell, Grammy Award-winning guitarist Sharon Isbin, renowned cellist Alisa Weilerstein and acclaimed pianist Awadagin Pratt as part of the Classical Music Student Workshop Concert.

The forum is part of the White House's music series, which focuses on arts and arts education and its important role in the development of youth.

Sphinx participants include piano students David Valentine II, Alexandra Halladay, Breanna Lockhart, Jaina Bennett, Lindsay Walker; alumni violinists Maia Cabeza, Robert Switala, Alexandria Switala, Clayton Penrose-Whitmore; and musicians Anna Maria Litivenko, Gabriel Cabezas, Khristine Raymond and Jordan Boucicaut.